But Lenovo's response to this is very quickly convincing me that the company should never get any more money from me.
If everybody voted with their wallets and caused a lot of financial damage to the companies that act like this (see Sony, EA etc) they'd be at least more transparent and swift in their responses, or even avoid stupidity altogether. But instead people simply keep buying out of ignorance or masochism...
It seems the only way out is through regulations and repealing of bad laws in the State level. Not in the wired market no but rather in the wireless portion. Make data caps illegal and force Title II in and we'll see some incumbents flip out in panic. If they can't milk the wireless cow for gazillions they will be forced to rethink their wired strategy as well.
But that's short term. Long term solution would be to inspire competition by allowing initiatives like Google mobile carrier. You know, provide incentives for building infra-structure and letting others do the customer handling. This requires another level of playing field. For now Title II and wireless regulation should do the trick.
If the plastic structure did not liberate toxics or hormonally active substances I'd say just mill them and use as additions to concrete or to level the terrain. You can also burn them and generate electricity which can be an awesome source of energy if done right (you know, air pollution controls).
Recycling is awesome and stuff but if you can only use a certain percentage of old plastic in new plastic then it's not a solution.
My thoughts. But even the pirates have limits. I'll store what meets my interests and tastes and both my life and my storage space are limited. The space prevents me from keeping everything that I would if I had unlimited storage and when I die my collection may be simply scrapped by my heirs who may not share the same interests or may not be into file-sharing. Pirates may help save a few decades or even 1 or 2 hundred years worth of content but it takes timeless institutions like libraries or museums to actually do the heavy-lifting.
That's what I mean. If they are already paying for their connections then this shit already makes no sense (except for bought, corrupt politicians of course). If they are going to pay for the privilege of using a connection then they shouldn't pay further. I wonder if the ISPs would like to handle Netflix bw costs...
Re: If they don't want your product, make 'em pay for it anyway
Many people upgraded their connections because of Netflix so maybe the ISPs want to pay a tax to thank Netflix too?
Also, Netflix couls agree to the demands as long as the ISPs offer speeds that will allow at least 4 devices to watch 4k content in a single household simultaneously. This will guarantee such tax will only be paid in the next millennium.
Wow. Harper can't go away soon enough. My condolences to our Canadian friends.
The irony is that some views and warnings that were considered extreme 30 years ago became reality now (see droughts and extreme environmental effects). We have also been warned about the police state that was forming in many western countries. Is it too late?
Hmmm, it means the open hardware scene is maturing, which is a good thing even if its puberty is somewhat turbulent. Hopefully we'll see cheaper and more trustworthy hardware (ie: no backdoors or proprietary wizardry).